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Kirstina Olson


Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Kirstina Olson is an orthopedic surgeon and chief of foot and ankle surgery at the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute. She treats all conditions of the foot and ankle, including arthritis, bunions, flat feet, tendon disorders and fractures, and performs surgeries ranging from minimally invasive procedures to complex reconstructions. Her goal is to offer treatment options that enable patients to regain a high level of function and improve their quality of life.

In her research, Olson has studied tendons and how to stimulate healing. She has also investigated flatfoot reconstruction surgeries and the use of implants to repair fractures of the foot.

Olson earned her medical degree at the University of Southern California. She completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at University of Chicago Medicine, followed by a foot and ankle fellowship at OrthoCarolina's world-renowned Foot & Ankle Institute.

Olson is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Women's Association, American Orthopaedic Association's Emerging Leaders Program, American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society and Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society.

  • Education

    University of Southern California School of Medicine, 2003

  • Residencies

    University of Chicago Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery, 2008

  • Fellowships

    OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Institute, Orthopedic Surgery, 2009

  • Board Certifications

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    520 Ratings
    About our process
    Feb 01, 2023
    I feel very confident with Dr Olson.
    Jan 23, 2023
    Dr Olson was very thorough and professional. Took time to discuss any questions and anticipated questions
    Jan 14, 2023
    Dr. Olson was excellent. She did not tell me whether I should make a follow up appointment though so I'm not sure what to do.
    Jan 07, 2023
    Dr Olson very available for questions or concern
    Dec 22, 2022
    I have a life changing injury and conveyed my urgency upon making appointment. The doctor spent 10 minutes with me and said I need surgery soon but that she is going on vacation but she would look into scheduling me with an available surgeon. Based on my experience I don't expect a follow up from ucsf
    Dec 16, 2022
    Excellent surgeon
    Dec 07, 2022
    Dr Olson is incredible surgeon.takes timeexplains everything.
    Dec 07, 2022
    Dr. Olson was excellent!
    Dec 07, 2022
    Besides obvious expertise I appreciate that Dr.Olson addressed my concern in a manner respectful of my intellegence. I greatly appreciate this.
    Dec 02, 2022
    Dr. Olson is the best! She spent a lot of time with us and answered all my (many) questions thoroughly.
    Nov 23, 2022
    It seemed that the doctor was in a hurry to get out of the room she barely looked at my foot and she was talking fast. I don't think I was heard and because it seemed that she wasn't happy to be there I didn't get to ask all of the questions that I or my parents had. We drove almost 6 hours for this appointment and I don't think that the doctor was in the room for more than 5 minutes.
    Nov 23, 2022
    I have been somewhat astonished a how discordant my visits have been. I go and am seen and then I'm on my own until I call because nothing has happened.
    Nov 05, 2022
    I have already recommended Dr. Olson to another.
    Nov 05, 2022
    Dr.Olson is the consummate professional: Caring knowledgeable informative and skilled in all aspects of her profession.
    Nov 02, 2022
    Dr. Olson is the best. I drive a long way to be treated by her. She's a strong communicator and listener and I have every faith that I'm receiving the best from her.
    Nov 01, 2022
    Excellent care provided
    Oct 31, 2022
    Very knowledgeable and answer all questions and addressed all concerns.
    Oct 12, 2022
    Dr Olson very thorough in explanationetc
    Sep 24, 2022
    Short and dismissive.
    Sep 14, 2022
    Dr. Olson is an excellent doctor and surgeon!
    Sep 10, 2022
    Didn't clearly describe my condition and provided options for treatment but wasn't very specific with treatment options (things like inserts etc) and didn't give me specific timelines or prognosis.
    Sep 08, 2022
    Thank you Dr. Olson!!!
    Sep 05, 2022
    Not much post op education and guidance (when can walk drive etc)
    Sep 03, 2022
    Hands-down the best experience I have ever had with a physician and or their team. Thank you so much!
    Aug 31, 2022
    Very pleased with Dr. Olson's clinical expertise .
    Aug 27, 2022
    Always great go meet with the Dr.
    Aug 24, 2022
    Dr. Olson was great but the desk staff was dismissive and just short of rude.
    Aug 20, 2022
    I did not feel listen to I didn't feel understood. I felt like they really didn't hear me at all.. Explain I explained that I was still in pain in some areas.
    Jul 30, 2022
    Overall my experience has been always excellent
    Jul 29, 2022
    Some questions were answered clearly and helpfully; others were not and in fact some questions got answers in contradiction to what I had been told before
    Jul 22, 2022
    My Chart posted post appointment- a Redemonstration of a well-corticated fragment medial to the distal first proximal phalanx likely a prior intra-articular corner fracture which appears less distinct today consistent with interval healing. Dr should have compared old X-ray to new one that day so I'd know if bone was healing from Sept break and if broken bone fragment's displacement from this second fall was changed and. ok . Although I see on MYChart now that post appointment a radiologist posted : Redemonstration of a well-corticated fragment medial to the distal first proximal phalanx likely a prior intra-articular corner fracture which appears less distinct today consistent with interval healing. I'd like to know from Dr. Olson if first break was healing- bone rebuilding. And what are repercussions from second fall in more detail. Perhaps both old and new X-rays weren't compared at my last appointment.
    Jul 22, 2022
    Overall I had a fantastic experience. I felt very well taken care of and Dr. Olson was great at listening to my concerns (around travel etc) and helping me to understand what I should be doing to take care of myself.
    Jul 12, 2022
    When finally talking to Dr.she is very thorough.answers every question.
    Jul 10, 2022
    Dr. Olson is an amazing human - kind and the best foot and ankle surgeon in CA.
    Jun 09, 2022
    My only criticism is that the doctor didn't introduce herself when she came into the room. Besides that she was great.
    Jun 04, 2022
    Put the information in the instructions given by Dr. Olson's office were always very clear and very helpful
    May 23, 2022
    I thought I should have had a more in depth description of my situation
    May 20, 2022
    Please note that the resident saw me first. She did not provide the correct information regarding ankle exercises and PT. I clarified the procedures with the attending. I emailed the attending via UCSF email to inform her regarding the incorrect information that the resident provided regarding ankle exercises and PT.
    Apr 22, 2022
    Always thoughtful
    Apr 06, 2022
    Felt like doctor didn't really care. It was lunch time
    Apr 04, 2022
    Dr. Olson has an excellent bedside manner. She made sure to look at my goals and ensure that all of my questions were answered. I felt very comfortable with her advice and would recommend her to anyone with similar issues.
    Apr 02, 2022
    Very good after care summary on the patient portal
    Mar 28, 2022
    At first I was taking notes with my phone but the Doctor said she would have everything printed out for me. She made me feel relaxed and that with care I could overcome my pain.
    Mar 26, 2022
    Dr Kirstina Olson is the top rated foot/ankle surgeon in the state according to Mayo Clinic and John Hopkins
    Mar 16, 2022
    I would have expected that a Chief of Staff has the power to expedite diagnostics required to get me out of the PAIN and SURGICAL failure I have experienced for the past 2 1/2 years a bit quicker. Waiting for nearly 3 months for an MRI at a world renowned facility like UCSF is ABSURD.
    Mar 16, 2022
    Didn't get any follow up care
    Mar 11, 2022
    The hardest part of the visit was that I'm in a cast and had to park far away. Plus I spent on parking and this is a serious barrier to care. in parking to see a doctor? UCSF should make business deals with the parking garages so it costs an hour. I'm serious. Or no charge with proof of validation from physicains' office.
    Mar 02, 2022
    Dr Olson isliterally (!)one of the finest MD's I've ever encounteredworld class in every sense of the wordSO grateful for her!
    Jan 17, 2022
    I am at a total loss as to how the new problems I'm experiencing will be addressed. She is fond of saying things like"we should stay in touch". Or "why don't you make an appointment for a few months down the road"! I am given no clear direction and have lost trust in this doctor.
    Jan 13, 2022
    Unfortunately this was not a satisfactory visit whatsoever. It was my first follow up appointment after surgery to repair a rupture in my achilles tendon and I had a lot of questions. I didn't feel like I got a chance to talk to the doctor long enough and am left feeling a bit lost about next steps. Additionally there seemed to be an assumption that I should have already secured a boot - which was not communicated to me at any point and now I'm back in another cast which will require returning to the office to remove.
    Jan 13, 2022
    I came away with valuable methods on how to relate to and live with my condition. I wanted a better understanding and that was received.
    Jan 13, 2022
    The physician was very busy and it all seemed rushed.
    Jan 05, 2022
    It felt like the doctor was exhausted (apt at end of day). I felt bad for her but also that shouldn't affect my appointment.
    Dec 29, 2021
    Dr. Olson is leaving the decision to have surgery totally in my hands as it not an easy surgery or recovery and I respect that even though I wish she made the decision for me anyway. I will try to think of any other questions to send to her on My Chart to make sure all my questions are answered for me to make the best informed choice.
    Dec 11, 2021
    Answered my questions in a limited manner; still left me feeling unsure/confused about several things.
    Dec 06, 2021
    I appreciated getting like I was really with the right person to make the best decision for my long-term outcome and I'm relieved that surgery is not our first go to.
    Nov 25, 2021
    Dr Olson was very good!
    Nov 10, 2021
    I am a retired hospital/medical group operations consultant and a cancer patient in another system. The medical assistant resident and senior doctor were as engaged with my care as anyone could be. This was my first appointment with UCSF and I was deeply impressed.
    Nov 07, 2021
    Wonderful interpersonal skills. Appreciated some time to check in personally before getting to health concerns. Love the notation on my record regarding my passion for opera!
    Oct 27, 2021
    Dr. Olson took exceptional care and extra time to answer all my questions and to advise me of my best self care for faster recovery.
    Sep 30, 2021
    This visit went much better than the last visit I had with Dr. Olson. She listened really well she answered all my questions etc. Maybe it was because I had seen her before. As opposed to my first visit which seemed more rushed and perfunctory. Based on this last visit I would definitely recommend Dr. Olson.
    Sep 29, 2021
    Dr Olson is great her team just didn't get my appt right I didn't need to see her I needed an injection in my foot which I stated in my online appt.
    Sep 13, 2021
    This was so disappointing how Dr Olson wouldn't listen to me and rushed me through my appointment. She didn't treat me like a person and I left without a resolution for my problem. She passed me to PT without discussing any options for my 10/10 pain level when I came in the office. I feel ripped off and dismissed.
    Sep 13, 2021
    Dr Olson is the best. She is the best in what she does. I had a successful surgery. Her PA Ferry is also very good
    Sep 13, 2021
    I felt she had made her decision on treatment .. Or lack thereof .. Before she came in. Yes I had suffered a severe fracture and already knew the adversity that accompanies my 3.5 year old injury. I am experiencing more and different pain that I have not experienced until recently. Dr Olson concentrated on beginning arthritis not the sharp sudden intermittent pains in other parts of my ankle and leg. Arthritis does not cause that. My concern was possible soft tissue (ligament tendon muscle) injury due to the plates. I felt that she was very kindly distracting and therefore dismissing my concerns. She appeared knowledgeable and acknowledged my participation in our discussion. However I felt she had a predetermined time limit for the visit and stuck to that. She did not address some of the questions I had. She did advise of an early onset of a known issue with this type of injury which really upset me as I had hoped for more time before it's onset. Tears snd shock. However the pain she advised that would be caused by that was NOT the pain I was having. Nor in the same area. She did not pursue that pain. All in all I feel it was a waste of my time (and hers) and I had much higher hopes for such a prestigious hospital for more information and options for my care. All I was given was: Advil and "physical therapy" which I had explained was not successful in my area previously. I need to say thoshe portrayed concern and compassion. She spoke directly to me which I appreciated. Very professional in her approach even tho she dismissed some concerns very subtly.
    Aug 28, 2021
    Dr. Olson's communication skills are very poor. When I had important questions I wanted answered I was made to feel stupid or I'd get comments like " I already told you about that". I always left every appointment with many questions I felt uncomfortable asking while in the office. When I tried calling the office to ask follow-up questions it became difficult to reach anyone. The overall experience felt like pulling teeth the entire time it's a struggle and nothing flows easily.
    Aug 02, 2021
    Dr. Olson is great! She discussed things at my level (I'm an anatomist).
    Jul 30, 2021
    Dr Olson is very busy but takes the time to address each patient's concerns
    Jul 15, 2021
    Dr. Olson is a consummate professional. She's very straightforward as to the patient's status prognosis and gives clear instruction for care between appointments.
    Jul 08, 2021
    Excellent care by Dr. Olson!
    Jul 03, 2021
    Dr Olson and her resident were well worth the wait. I am so happy I am in their care.
    Jun 10, 2021
    Excellent visit with Dr Olson. Very informative
    May 15, 2021
    Dr Kirstina Olson is the BEST!! Thorough clear explanations all-around great health care provider.
    May 07, 2021
    Dr Olson provides clear and comprehensive information that is easy to understand. She listens to my questions and concerns and gives good feedback and options on ongoing treatment and home behavior. Her staff is great too. Highly recommended.
    Apr 17, 2021
    Dr. Olson listened and then explained thoroughly my issue and I left feeling assured and informed with a clear idea of my next steps toward healing.
    Apr 03, 2021
    Dr. Olson is a terrific provider competent empathic and is first-rate at explaining issues.
    Mar 31, 2021
    I felt very well taken care of as patient and as a person.
    Mar 30, 2021
    This procedure has turned into a very bad experience. I remain in worse health than when this started. There has been s medical error in this process.